OUSD Teaching American History Grant
Summer Institute, UC Berkeley
Schedule, Tuesday, June 18 - Monday, June 24

June 18

June 19

June 20

June 21
June 24

AM (8:30-12)

Robin Einhorn -
"Founding Documents"

Declaration of Independance

T Jefferson's
Original Draft

Video Lesson Plan on Founding Documents

Pauline Maier and the Declaration of Independence

Constitution of the United States

Articles of Confederation

What do we mean by democracy? Discussion of quotes & passages

link : timeline of primary sources

California History / Social Science Course Models
Online Professional Resource


AM (8:30-12)

Waldo Martin -

"The Confessions of Nat Turner - Origins & Legacies"

"Remembering Nat
Turner" by Sterling Brown

Nat Turner in the classroom - a sample lesson with a focus on historical thinking.

links Nat Turner's Insurrection," by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.  Atlantic Monthly, August 1861, vol 8, no. 46, pp 173- 187. From the Making of America Project, Cornell University.

The Confessions of Nat Turner (PBS)

The Confessions of Nat Turner (University of Groningen)

Nat Turner's Rebellion by Robert Fay

Nat Turner Cleveland Gazette (1884)

Harriet Ann Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Other thoughts on democracy

AM (8:30-12)

Leon Litwack -

"Letter from Jourdon Anderson - The aftermath of Slavery"

link to document

Oration of Frederick Douglass at the unveiling of the Freedman's Monument, April 14, 1876.

Picture of Freedman's Monument


This photograph is of a sculpture called Forever Free, created by African American artist Mary Edmonia Lewis in 1867.

Frederick Douglass assesses the meaning of emancipation in 1880.

Remembering Slavery

Remembering Jim Crow

Excerpts from Slave Narratives

Approaches to using letters & other documents in the classroom. Identifying aspirations & perspectives.

Guide to Understanding Historical Letters - DRAFT
Questions compiled by Grade 5 teachers from OUSD American History Grant for classroom use when using primary source documents.


AM (8:30-12)

Charles Postel - "Labor History & the Struggle for Democracy"

Planning for assessment & evaluation of student work. What do we want to hear about students' historical understanding & our teaching practices?


AM (8:30-12)

Diane Clemens - "Foreign Policy"

Application session - Working with the presentations of Charles Postel & Diane Clemens.


Lunch (12:00-1:00) Lunch (12:00-1:00) Lunch (12:00-1:00) Lunch (12:00-1:00) Lunch (12:00-1:00)

PM (1-3:30)

Refining the Lesson Study process - a response to teacher comments.

Lesson Study group work time - begin development of democracy lesson.

PM (1-3:30)

Library work - Find primary & secondary resources to support your lesson plan. Hands-on research session at Moffit Library.

UC Berkeley Libraries

PM (1-3:30)

Planning for the school year - what lessons, within the units you teach, will connect to the struggle for democracy? What documents will you use and what topics will you discuss?

PM (1-3:30)

Lesson Study group work time

PM (1-3:30)

Lesson Study - Observing & discussing lessons.


How can we learn from Lesson Study?